Mee Memorial Healthcare System Rena Salamacha
Rena Salamacha, CEO, Mee Memorial Healthcare System

June is Men’s Health Month, a perfect time to focus on men’s health and to raise awareness about the importance of preventative health practices for men, boys, and their families.

In our fast-paced world, men’s health can often take a backseat. Men between the ages of 15 and 65 are significantly less likely than women to seek preventive care and are also more likely to report not having a primary care provider. It is crucial that men take care of their physical, mental, and emotional well-being and make an appointment to see their doctor on a regular basis for check-ups. During Men’s Health Month, men of all ages are encouraged to set goals to improve their health and wellness and establish practices to achieve success.

By understanding the benefits of prioritizing health, such as increased energy, enhanced productivity, and improved mental clarity and mood, men can feel motivated and empowered to establish healthy habits despite hectic work schedules, family responsibilities, and social obligations. 

Here are some essential tips and strategies to help men prioritize health and wellness:

Get Regular Check-Ups

Prevention is always better than cure. Schedule regular check-ups with your physician to detect any potential health concerns early. Regular check-ups can help prevent health problems from worsening and provide peace of mind.

Make Exercise a Priority

Regular exercise is vital for men’s health. It can improve muscle strength, reduce the risk of chronic diseases, and improve mental health. Aim for approximately 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. Incorporate cardio and strength training exercises to keep your body challenged.

Be Mindful of Your Diet

A healthy diet plays a crucial role in maintaining health and wellness. Eat a balanced diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid junk foods and processed foods where possible, as they can increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and other health concerns.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is essential for the body to repair and recharge itself. Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, irritability, weakened immunity, and reduced productivity. Aim for eight hours of sleep each night to ensure your body gets enough rest.

Manage Stress

There is no denying that stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. It can be helpful to relieve stress by making time for activities or sports you enjoy and prioritizing time with family and friends. Strong social connections are essential for wellness and mental health. Men may not always seek help with depression and anxiety. It is helpful to be aware of symptoms such as sadness, anger, fatigue, irritability, and loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. Help is available, and it is important to seek help when needed. 

Stay Hydrated

Water is critical for overall health and wellness. Drink enough water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to headaches, fatigue, and other health concerns.

Limit Alcohol and Tobacco Use

Excessive alcohol and tobacco use can have severe health consequences. Limit alcohol consumption and avoid smoking and tobacco products altogether.

Put a Stop to Harmful Habits

Drug use can significantly increase the risk of various health problems and mental health issues. If you need help ending harmful habits, make an appointment to see your provider.

Men’s health should be a top priority for us all. By proactively taking steps toward a healthier lifestyle, men can promote longevity, enhance life quality, reduce stress, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases for themselves and for the well-being of their families and communities.

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